Starting today the Texas Tribune is running a multiparty story about the realities and dangers of working in Texas. The state is and it’s booming economy is built on the backs of its workers and in return the labor force is treated to high numbers of fatalities, a broken/corrupt workers’ comp system, and little to no oversight or enforcement of safety conditions or fair labor practices. Check it out.
An interior systems contractor in Nashville, TN is being hit with a record penalty for misclassifying workers. They were found to be paying only 5% of the taxes and insurance they should have been paying. Read about it here.
We had a huge turnout at the Grand Opening event tonight. Thank you to Jason Engels and all the Regional and Local staff for putting together this great event. Also thank you to all the great guests we had, including Congressman Lloyd Doggett, State Rep Paul Workman, City Councilman Mike Martinez, UBC General President Doug McCarron, UBC Secretary Andy Silins, UBC VP Danny Maples, and many more. I’ll post some pictures when I can!
Brothers and Sisters don’t forget about our new training center grand opening this Thursday 04/24/14. I hope to see the place full.
It’s official!! We’ve moved into the new Central South Carpenters Training Center!! Stop by and see this new beautiful space and take the tour. The address is 1825 S. IH-35, Austin TX. Coming either way take the Oltorf exit off of I-35 and it is on the east frontage road between Oltorf and Woodland (South of Riverside Dr.). Our first Local Union meeting will be held there on April 15th at 5:30. Get your taxes done early so you can join us. Also, keep an eye out for an updated training schedule now that the new training center is up and running.
We’re getting close to moving, and we have about 70 years worth of stuff to sort through and pack. We are planning on a work day for February 22nd to get a group of members together to help us clear a path and get a jumpstart on the moving process. If you’re interested in helping out, call Brenda at the Hall to let her know.
It’s down to the wire at the new Carpenters Training Center here in Austin, TX. The final touches are being put on a grand opening open house and we’re starting to get serious about needing to get a group of members together to help move us in. Contact the Hall to let us know you want to help.
Here is the link to the August 8th Austin City Council Meeting video. We discussed this in our meeting this month. The JW Marriott incentive discussion is Item 11 on the agenda. Click on that and the part where Suzie Litz and Steve Shelton speak starts at the 29:15 mark. You can fast forward to it.
Remember that there is a Special Call Meeting this Monday at 5:30pm. We’d love to see you down at the Hall.
As you know, Texas tops the list for construction deaths and injuries in the United States and an upcoming event is hoping to draw attention to this so that maybe something can be done.
The Workers’ Defense Project is organizing “Sounds of Justice” at the Capitol for Workers’ Memorial Day. The date of this event is April 25th. The WDP asked us to participate in this event. If you’re interested in participating, please contact them for more information. The event page has the details or you can call them at 512.391.2305.